Using acupressure to induce labor is one of the most effective, and most pleasant, methods of natural labor induction. It is similar to using reflexology to induce labor or visiting a chiropractor for an adjustment.
To use acupressure as a method to induce labor, there are two pressure points that can be stimulated to produce contractions. They are located:
To stimulate the first pressure point, pinch the webbing of your hand and rub in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds at a time, taking a 1-2 minute break in between contractions. For the latter point, press firmly on the spot. It should feel sore if you've found the right spot. Press and rub in a circular motion until you have a contraction. When the contraction ends, begin again.
For detailed instructions on using acupressure to induce labour, read Maternity Acupressure, the definitive online resource for natual labor induction. It is organized into sections by ailment with the specific acupressure points and techniques detailed to alleviate it. Instructional videos are also included.
Using acupressure to induce labor will not be successful unless the body is already close to labor. Exert caution when using this or any other natural labor induction technique only after 41 weeks of pregnancy.
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